We covered the affordable and practical Sennheiser CX213 In our previous article. Today we’ll be looking at something a bit up the ladder. When I say bit, it’s rather a long way up the ladder. We managed to get our hands on a pair of Sennheiser Momentum On Ear Headphones. Priced at Rs. 26,000/- and available at authorized Sennheiser resellers such as Chelsey’s or Redline Technologies, the Momentums are not only about making your music sound good, but also that your music looks good. Not sure of what I mean? Then read on and find out.
The Momentum On Ears are available in Ivory (not realty ivory so you can calm down if you thought that this was made from elephant tusks) and black. We got the ivory colored model and first impressions were indeed impressive (pun intended). The entire package comes in a sturdy cardboard box that reminds you of the heritage and quality Sennheiser is known for. The box has a lot of reading content on it such as the technical specifications, package contents etc..
Once you open the box you will find another pouch inside it. Pretty snazzy designs too. The pouch is actually for you to take the headphones if you’re travelling. I found it rather cumbersome to carry around the pouch and it is a bit of a hassle if you have to keep packing it and unpacking it if you travel a lot. The sheer build quality of the pouch alone validates that this indeed is a premium Sennheiser product and not ye average normal headphone.
The Momentum also has a detachable cable which can be swapped with a cable that has a microphone if required. This also means that you can swap out the existing cable and replace it with a higher quality cable (available via Amazon or eBay). These cables cost a tad more than the normal Momentum cable, but are manufactured with improved magnetic shielding etc. so that your music sounds better and no interruptions hinder your listening experience.
The headphones themselves are somewhat a work of art. Brushed metal, ivory textures and an adjustable headband that puts most headphones to shame. Upon gently taking the headphones from out of the pouch, I took a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into them and I must say, I was indeed impressed. If first impressions are a killer, then the Momentum is a downright murderer. The sheer level of dedication and commitment put into a pair of headphones is indeed commendable.
But what good are looks if they don’t meet your expectations right? Well without waiting any longer (mostly because I’m impatient like that) I proceeded to connect the headphones to my Nexus 5, load up my favorite tunes and get ready to get my groove on.
The Momentum handles all types of music equally. From heavy metal growls to cymbal thrashing to clear vocals, drum and guitar breakdowns to everything in between, the Momentum handled it without any issues. They do tend to be a bit on the bass heavy side so if you’re a bass junky who also wants to listen to music the way it was meant to be listened to, then you should indeed give this a go.
Noise isolation too is quite impressive. When not worn, the sound can be clearly heard through the tweeters for the outside world but the moment the headphones are placed on ear, they cut out the ambient sound and you are left with a sealed environment to enjoy your music.
Some may argue that On ears vs. over ear would result in different sound stages and while this is somewhat true, it’s not a noticeable difference. What you DO notice however, is how comfortable a pair of on ear headphones can be. Usually with the on ear model, it tends to get sweaty and/or the headphones fit a bit too snugly on your ears and that leads to a certain degree of you being uncomfortable. The Momentum has none of these issues. I wore the headphones for a good one hour and by the 30 minute mark, I had completely forgotten that I was wearing it. It’s that comfortable.
The only issue I found is that at that price point, Sennheiser have even better products that are either on par or are better than the Momentums. For example, the Sennheiser Urbanite and Urbanite XL cost less than the Momentum and are more or less equal in sound signature. They also offer a neat foldable design and are also a bit sturdier with regards to build quality. They also look good too.
Another possible competitor for the Momentum is the Sennheiser HD598. Priced at around Rs. 28,000/-, the HD598 offers outstanding audio quality that is on par with headsets that are actually higher end and more expensive than it. Sound signatures offer more clarity and they are not as bass heavy as the Momentum.
Overall, the Sennheiser Momentum has a lot going for it. It has outstanding build quality, looks stylish and offers an audiophile level listening experience. If you’re an audiophile on the lookout for a new headset, give these a try and then also look out for the Sennheiser Urbanite and HD598 to see which one you like the best. After all, it’s your choice that makes the difference.